Ankle Pain Physiotherapy At Physio4Wycombe
Ankle pain is extremely common and one of the most common conditions patients visit Physio4Wycombe for treatment is following suffering an ankle sprain. A sprained ankle may cause anything from mild to significant pain depending on the actual injury and it’s severity. An ankle sprain occurs commonly in sports like netball, basketball, football but you don’t have to be playing sport to sprain your ankle. At Physio4Wycombe we will see numerous sprained ankles requiring physiotherapy each year as a result of something as simple as walking on an uneven footpath, twisting in high heels or missing a step.
Although a common injury, there is no such thing as just an ankle sprain, a “simple” rolled ankle can result in injury and damage to many different structures and having your ankle assessed and receiving treatment from an experienced physiotherapist will help diagnose and ensure correct management of the injury. Failure to correctly manage even minor ankle sprains can result in ineffective healing, prolonged recovery and potentially an increased likelihood of recurrence.
Common Causes Of Ankle Pain
An ankle sprain is not the only cause of ankle pain. Some common causes of ankle pain include Achilles and other tendinopathies, Achilles tendon rupture, osteoarthritis, and fracture. When you think of the stress that is exerted on the ankle in a normal day it is no surprise ankle pain is a common complaint. Your foot must absorb the impact of landing when walking, running and jumping as well as help propel your entire body weight multiple times a minute when just walking, making your ankle area a target for overuse injuries, degenerative conditions as well as vulnerable to suffering high force traumatic injuries.
Diagnosis And Management Of Ankle Pain
Accurate diagnosis of the cause of any ankle pain will require a thorough examination including a history of the condition as well as examination of the foot, ankle and any other areas deemed associated in both resting and dynamic postures. Assessing the ankle in weight bearing is crucial as this is inevitably when almost all the problems occur and failure to assess the dynamic function of the foot and ankle may result in missing the correct diagnosis. It is important to accurately diagnose exactly what is wrong with your ankle to ensure that short and long-term treatment goals are achieved as quickly and safely as possible through physiotherapy.